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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Alzheimers and Pet Therapy

Pet therapy has been shown to be particularly helpful to Alzheimer’s patients and those affected by other dementias. Pets, and dogs in particular, can calm those affected by dementia, help them stay active (Dogs love to walk!), and help them stay social through interactions with passersby who cannot resist these fuzzy companions. Dogs in general often provide enjoyment for those dealing with dementia, and it has been shown that dementia patients have a greater appetite following a visit from a canine companion.
The good news is there may be new promise in the area of pets helping people with dementias. Imagine dogs trained to remind a person to take medication and eat, or lead a person with dementia back home. Even more impressive, imagine these dogs could accomplish all of these tasks without receiving any type of verbal command. Does this sound farfetched (no pun intended)?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

#VeteransDay2014 Please remember to thank a Veteran and his or family for their sacrifice and service to our country.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Why am I so cold?

As people grow older, they may feel chilly, or even downright cold, more easily and more often. What causes this, and what does it mean for their overall health?
Chances are their bodies are merely going through a natural dip in metabolic rate due to the aging process. A lowered metabolic rate affects the body’s ability to maintain what is considered a normal temperature of 98.6 degrees. When metabolism slows, so does the body’s ability to generate heat. This means seniors can become cold outdoors in the sun during summer or indoors in a well-heated room during winter. To continue reading this, click HERE.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Comfort Keepers® provides at-home care for senior loved ones who are still living independently in their own homes. As people age, their bodies begin to change. They can become weaker and more susceptible to injuries from common activities like picking up objects, trying to access areas of the home that are hard to reach or going down the stairs. Instead of waiting for an accident to happen, Comfort Keepers offers families the opportunity to be proactive about the safety and happiness of their senior loved ones.
The at-home care provided by Comfort Keepers covers a spectrum of care services, from transportation services, Alzheimer's and dementia care, companionship and even light housekeeping services. If a family member or an elderly loved one calls to set up a free consultation, a Comfort Keepers at-home care specialist will visit the home to assess the senior's living situation. At that time the caregiver can suggest changes to the environment like moving certain furniture to allow for better maneuverability, or moving floor rugs to eliminate fall-risks, and will also discuss what they think the best care schedule for the senior will be. To continue reading this article, click HERE.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Flu Prevention for Seniors

As with any medical treatment and prevention, your doctor is the only one who should advise you or your loved one to obtain a flu shot. However, information from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicate the best way to prevent the flu and stop it from spreading is a flu shot, especially for senior adults. This is because the flu can be especially dangerous to seniors above the age of 65.
What is influenza and why is it more dangerous for seniors?
Influenza, also know as the flu, is caused by a virus, also commonly known as a germ. More specifically, influenza is a respiratory infection. While most people recover in 1-2 weeks from the flu, for others influenza develops into a more serious lung infection. This type of flu complication can land one in the hospital, and also lead to Pneumonia, Bronchitis and other serious infections. At worst, the flu can cause death, and is the fourth leading cause of death among seniors 65 and older. To continue reading this article, click HERE.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Seniors: Improve Your Diet Tips

At long, last summer is here! And that means fresh fruits and vegetables straight from the garden, food co-op, roadside stand or local grocery. As a caregiver, you can help the senior in your life eat well, enjoy the best of the season’s bounty, and reap the benefits of healthy eating.
Eating well this season is about fresh, colorful food, and on many occasions, eating out of doors with family and friends which adds to the pleasure. For older adults, there are particular benefits of healthy eating. They include increased mental acuteness, resistance to illness and disease, higher energy levels, faster recuperation times and better management of chronic health problems. Eating well can also be the key to a positive outlook and staying emotionally balanced.
MyPlate for Older Adults, developed by Tufts University researchers to replace the USDA food pyramid, continues to emphasize the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables in the senior diet. Included among the recommendations of MyPlate are eating bright-colored vegetables such as carrots, zucchini, summer squash, and broccoli, and deep-colored fruit such as plums, berries and melon. Foods with high water content such as lettuce, garden fresh tomatoes, watermelon, homemade fruit and vegetable juices are good for seniors to add hydration especially during the heat of summer. Soups, such as gazpacho, which can be made from fresh vegetables and served chilled during warm weather are ideal and healthful, too
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Nutrition and Cooking for Seniors

No matter what your age, good nutrition is one of the best ways to stay healthy. ck family on patioDaily food choices can make an important difference in your health and in how you look and feel. As a caregiver, managing the nutritional needs of your senior client or family member can be a challenge, but here are some practical diet tips that will help you to make planning and cooking nutritious meals a pleasurable experience for you both.
In general, changing to a more healthy diet is in every person’s short and long term best interest. But for older adults, there are particular benefits of healthy eating. They include increased mental acuteness, resistance to illness and disease, higher energy levels, faster recuperation times and better management of chronic health problems. For seniors, eating well can also be the key to a positive outlook and staying emotionally balanced.
As we age, good nutrition is essential. Our metabolic rates slow down and we tend to need fewer calories because we are not generally as physically active as we once were. So making sure that the senior you care for is eating nutrient-dense foods and making the most of the calories that they do eat becomes more necessary. To read the rest of this article, click HERE.
This article taken from Comfort Keepers website. For more like it, please go to www.comfortkeepers.com.